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Day: July 12, 2010

Keizer Society

I kept getting phone calls about how much fun I missed at the McNary Estates Hawaiian Luau held at Tuff Ranch BBQ at McNary Golf Club, on Wednesday, June 30.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a great relaxing event. The event was a Business After Hours event hosted by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, OSU Federal Credit Union and Legacy Real Estate.  This event kept growing as other real estate companies wanted to be involved with their client’s homes to be on tour.

Nineteen homes were on tour at McNary Estates.   Hosts for the event were the owners of Legacy Real Estate—James Hauge, Kathy Hauge and Patti and Gary Williamson.

OSU Federal Credit Union was represented by Mike Corwin.

Christine Dieker, executive director of the Chamber, and Paula Moseley, assistant director, were seen hanging around the BBQ pig, baked by Tuff Ranch Restaurant and encouraging people to partake of all the great food.

Everyone had such a good time that it might be scheduled for next year.  James Hauge and Debbi McCune were the hard-working co-chairs of the evening.


On Sunday July 4,  I accompanied Rick and Jill Day to their skybox for the Patriotic night at the Volcanoes Stadium.  It was very inspiring.

Jerry Howard  arranged a great program, introducing veterans, and current members of the military.

One veteran was more than 100 years old.  Also, troops representing the  Revolutionary and Civil wars were on hand for the patriotic theme. The evening was clear and a bit cold but the Volcanoes won the game 14-1.

The ending was great with cannon fire from a howitzer, which shook the stadium and got our attention for a show of fireworks I have not seen in years.  At evening’s end, Jerry Walker was on hand to wish everyone goodnight and said thank you for coming.


Anna and Issac Parker were seen at lunch with Isaac’s mother visiting from Hawaii.  They were planning to go to Salem’s Riverfront Park and watch the fireworks show there.

Portions of Dearborn closed due to construction

A portion of Dearborn Avenue will be closed until July 30, and smaller parts will be local access only throughout a sewer line replacement project.
The City of Salem is constructing a new sewer line in the Dearborn Avenue area east of Claggett Creek to 18th Avenue, Brandon Avenue and Brandon Court to replace a failing line.
Dearborn between Verda Lane and Claggett Creek Park will remain closed through July 30, and the remaining section of Dearborn Avenue from east of Verda Lane to 18th Avenue, 18th Avenue from Dearborn to Brandon Avenue, and Brandon Court will be local access only until the project is complete. It’s expected to be done near the end of September.
Residents and business owners should consider alternate routes during construction. For more information, contact Troy Thomson at the city of Salem at 503-588-6211.

Meet the new faces of public art

Twilight Reverence

What it is: “Twilight Reverence”

Who made it: Jim DeMetro

Where it is: At Inland Shores, north of Lockhaven Drive on River Road [MAP: 1]

What is it: A Native American elder.

““That is part of a family of Native American pieces I have done…. It’s more of a piece to represent the family of Native Americans who have lived along the Columbia River and the basin here. … I did a mother and daughter, a mother bathing her daughter’s hair. It’s a water piece. I’ve done another one with a father and son fishing. That’s also a piece that has fire associated with it … Twilight Reverence is the grandfather, the leader of the tribe.”

Fun fact: The statue’s torch is equipped for fire via natural gas or propane.

Summer Breeze

What it is: “Summer Breeze”

Who made it: Jim DeMetro

Where it is: In front of Figaro’s Pizza at the Creekside Shopping Center. [MAP: 2]

What is it? The statue of a little girl stands about 50 inches tall.

“Actually it was a commissioned piece I did for a woman in Portland. She lost her daughter at seven years old to cancer and so she wanted to have a memory of her. She had this beautiful garden and a little pond in her backyard. So she wanted a sculpture to remind her of her daughter. We came up with this particular image, and made it for her but I said I’d like the opportunity to make more than one because that’s typically what I do.”

Fun fact: There’s also a version of it in a park in Kirkland, Wash.


What it is: “Sentry”

Who made it: Bruce Fontaine

Where it is: On River Road in front of Sonic Drive-In [MAP: 3]

What is it: A soldier made of metal

“The pieces I had found for it, you pick everything up, look at it and think, ‘This could make a helmet.’ What could I put on the helmet? … I ended up taking a trip to both the scrapyard and a local fence supply place, and I was able to use some facilities to weld everything together. I’ve gotten into the habit of looking for pieces of metal now that have interesting qualities about them, thinking of what my next sculpture will be.”

Fun fact: While it was displayed in his driveways, passersby were known to stop and take pictures with their cell phones.